News & Updates

Jan 12, 2015

2014 Was A Fantastic Year For BMBW

2014 was a fantastic year for BMBW. (But it's not over yet, see below for a surprise Portland hike this weekend!) We'd like to take this time to look at some of the great things that happened this year in our program. 

In 2014, we worked with 56 commercial breweries to create over 60 place-based beers inspired by hikes around the country. The beers ranged from wildly experimental to subtle and elegant. For example Scratch's 105 beer was made with 105 different herbs and plants all located near their brewery, while Hopworks' beer was a tasty Berliner Weisse with the simple addition of salal berries. Or take Worthy Brewing's easy drinking ale that used wild rices, grains, and other plants from the desert and compare it to the big, bold flavors of Fremont's double IPA with elderberries, sampled next to the delicate rose hips in Naked City's Saison. Or consider Thunder Island's wild ale made with yeast from an old growth forest, which we sampled on hikes in Portland.

We worked with four different organizations to help lead over fifteen regional, public hikes with brewers. Through our tasting events, we raised over $5,700 to support the educational endeavors of these organizations with your help. These organizations are: Cottonwood Institute (Denver), Forest Park Conservancy (Portland), Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (Seattle), and Oregon Natural Desert Association (Bend).

Beers Made By Walking received national attention for the experimental beers that came out of our program. Some of our favorite coverage came from those who recognized that our program is an effort to connect beer to community, and to have beer reflect the landscape in an authentic and honest way. Check out articles from Seattle Weekly about our hikes in Washington, Appellation Beer talks about beer and place, and Zythophile calls us a driving force for the US place-based beer movement. We were in The Men's Journal, we were published in Outside Magazine, and we got to talk about old growth forests onOregon Public Broadcast.

2014 was awesome!

In order to continue our work to get people outside and to create beer that has a true sense of place, we need your continued help and support. Please share this newsletter with friends, tell people to follow us on Facebook, and look for opportunities to hike and give throughout 2015. That's right, we're gearing up for 2015, and we can't wait!

Oct 15, 2014

Beer List for BMBW Seattle on October 23rd!


Our final Beers Made By Walking event of the year takes place in less than a week in Seattle, WA. We just compiled the list of beers that will be at the event and wanted to share them because the list is absolutely incredible looking. We've also added a tenth beer to the list, Hopworks from Portland, OR. The majority of these beers were based off three hikes in and around Seattle, led by the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. On the 23rd, from 6-9pm, you'll have the opportunity to drink these beers, and proceeds will be donated to FCRW.

You can have 10 samples for $15 or you can buy $5 pints at the event.

Beers Made By Walking Seattle TappingOctober 23rd /// 6-9pm
Naked City Brewery /// 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

Here's the list of beers:

Big Al Brewing /// Huckleberry Saison /// 6.8%, 30 IBU
A bready, spicy and fruity saison with wild huckleberries, inspired by a hike at Cougar Mountain.

Brickyard Brewing /// Salal Saison /// 5.1%
Belgian Style Saison with the addition of Salal leaves, inspired by a hike at Steward Park.

Epic Ales /// Wild Watercress Farmhouse Blonde /// 4.7%, 25 IBU
A light rustic ale brewed with wild watercress foraged in the Olympic peninsula.

Fremont Brewing /// Brother Imperial IPA with Spruce Tips & Elderflowers /// 8.5%, Billions of IBUs
A big, bold Northwest Imperial IPA with spruce tips and elderflowers. Based off a hike in Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington.

Hi-Fi Brewing /// Look Up – See Dere? /// 5.9%, 22 IBU
Smoked Brown Porter, smoked over Western Redcedar. Inspired by a hike at Cougar Mountain.

Naked City Brewery /// Rose's Funky Hips /// 6.3%, 35 IBU
Belgian Style Saison brewed with locally foraged rose hips, inspired by a hike at Discovery Park.

Schilling Cider /// Cedar Tip Dry Farmhouse Cider /// 6.3% ABV
Rustic, tannic dry cider with local Western Redcedar tips, inspired by a hike at Cougar Mountain

Fort George Brewery /// Spruce Budd Ale /// 5%, 0 IBU
We harvested spruce from trees on the coast, near Astoria. We produced 30bbl batch and used 200 pounds of Spruce tips.

Hopworks Urban Brewery /// Salal Slap /// 4.1% ABV, 3 IBU
Salal Slap is a bracingly sour Berliner Weisse with Salal berries, based on an old growth hike in Portland, OR.

Laurelwood Brewing /// Saison de Walkie /// 5.5%, 12 IBU
Tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries inspired by a hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland.

Beers Made By Walking Seattle Tapping - Oct 23rd



Beers Made By Walking taps nine hike-inspired beers in Seattle 

Beers Made By Walking Seattle Tapping
October 23rd /// 6-9pm
Naked City Brewery /// 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
Pay per sample set / pint


***UPDATE - Full beer list is here***

Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) and the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) are announcing the release of nine new beers that are inspired by hikes around the Pacific NW. The beers will be served at a special tapping on October 23rd, from 6-9pm, at Naked City Brewery.

BMBW is a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beer inspired by plants that are identified on the trail. Each hike is unique and each beer that is produced is a drinkable landscape portrait of the trail we hiked.

These place-based beers were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and FCRW after a series of public hikes, led by FCRW, with local brewers throughout the summer. Participating brewers and cider-makers that joined in on the hikes include: Big Al Brewing, Brickyard, Epic Ales, Fremont, Hi-Fi, Naked City, and Schilling Cider. Hikes took place at Seward Park, Discovery Park, and Cougar Mountain.

Each brewery will serve their new beer on October 23rd at Naked City Brewery. Additionally, Laurelwood (Portland, OR), and Fort George (Astoria, OR) will also tap special beers based off hikes in Oregon.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of FCRW and BMBW’s recent work. Beers will be sold in sets of samples, and by the pint, until they run out. A majority of the proceeds from this event will benefit FCRW.

Oct 11, 2014

Beer List for BMBW Bend Tapping on Oct. 15

Veronica Vega of Deschutes Brewery checking out the ONDA map with Gena and Eric
After taking brewers out on three hikes in the Bend region, we've asked them to create beer inspired by the plants we saw along the trail. After seeing the impressive list of one-off beers, we thought we should publish it here to let everyone know how awesome the Beers Made By Walking - Bend Tapping event will be. We will have beers from three Bend-based breweries: Crux, Deschutes, and Worthy. We're also bringing a couple specialty kegs from brewers in the Willamette Valley Take a look below for more details.

What: Beers Made By Walking Tapping in Bend, OR
When: October 15th, 6-9pm
Where: Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane, Bend
Cost: Pay per pint/glass

Other: 100% of proceeds will benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association



Crux Fermentation brewer Brandon Sylvester enjoying a nice wildflower hike near Alder Spring

Beer List:

Crux Fermentation Project
River Trail Sour - A blend of our Saison and a barrel aged golden sour. Inspired by plants we saw on a hike at Alder Spring, we added chokecherry and mint and fermentes with a culture from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Colorado. 9% ABV, 15 IBU

Worthy Brewing
Walk on the Wild Side (Badlands Indigenous Ale) - Beer brewed with Juniper tips, juniper berries, Indian Rice grass, Desert Sage, wheatgrass, and fescue. The beer is inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlads. 6.5%, 14 IBU

Deschutes Brewery
Botanic Ale - A light and crisp beer with rye, wild sage, and meadowsweet, rose and Stella hops, inspired by a hike in May, at the height of wildflower season, along the Middle Deschutes River where it connects with Whychus Creek.

Laurelwood Pub and Brewery
Saison de Walkie - A slightly tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries, inspired by a late-summer hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland, OR. 5.5% ABV, 12 IBU

Seven Brides Brewing
Pseudo Tsuga IPA - Light bodied IPA with a piney aroma and resiny flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir needle tea. The beer is inspired by the giants of the Silver Falls Canyon, where Douglas Fir forests veil pristine waterfalls, adding depth to the majesty of an area the brewery is glad to call home. 5.4%, 60 IBU

Oct 10, 2014

Beers Made By Walking Tapping in Bend, OR - October 15th

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Beers Made By Walking Tapping in Bend - Oct. 15th

***Updated with beer list below***

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beer inspired by plants that are identified on the trail. Each hike is unique and each beer that is produced is a drinkable landscape portrait of the trail we hiked. On October 15th, from 6-9pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop, beer lovers will have the opportunity to try new beers inspired by hikes around the Bend Region.

These hike-inspired beers were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) through a series of public hikes with brewers throughout the summer. Participating local brewers that joined in on the hikes include Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, and Worthy Brewing. Check out a recap of those hikes here.

Each brewer will serve their new beer on October 15th. Additionally, Laurelwood Brewing (Portland), and Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton) will also tap special beers based off hikes in their region.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of ONDA and BMBW’s recent work. Beers will be sold by the pint and in sample sizes until they run out. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

What: Beers Made By Walking Tapping in Bend, OR
When: October 15th, 6-9pm
Where: Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane, Bend
Cost: Pay per pint or per sample


Beer List:

Crux Fermentation Project
River Trail Sour - A blend of our Saison and a barrel aged golden sour. Inspired by plants we saw on a hike at Alder Spring, we added chokecherry and mint and fermentes with a culture from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Colorado. 9% ABV, 15 IBU

Worthy Brewing
Walk on the Wild Side (Badlands Indigenous Ale) - Beer brewed with Juniper tips, juniper berries, Indian Rice grass, Desert Sage, wheatgrass, and fescue. The beer is inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlads. 6.5%, 14 IBU

Deschutes Brewery
Botanic Ale - A light and crisp beer with rye, wild sage, and meadowsweet, rose and Stella hops, inspired by a hike in May, at the height of wildflower season, along the Middle Deschutes River where it connects with Whychus Creek.

Laurelwood Pub and Brewery
Saison de Walkie - A slightly tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries, inspired by a late-summer hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland, OR. 5.5% ABV, 12 IBU

Seven Brides Brewing
Pseudo Tsuga IPA - Light bodied IPA with a piney aroma and resiny flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir needle tea. The beer is inspired by the giants of the Silver Falls Canyon, where Douglas Fir forests veil pristine waterfalls, adding depth to the majesty of an area the brewery is glad to call home. 5.4%, 60 IBU

Oct 8, 2014

2014 - Extra CO Tappings in Longmont and Fort Collins


Beers Made By Walking - Longmont and Fort Collins 2014

Last weekend the Beers Made By Walking Festival showcased 40 hike-inspired beers during the Great American Beer Festival. If you missed that event, or if you just can't get enough of these unique beers, we invite you to two small tapping events in the coming weeks that will feature beers made with the Colorado landscape in mind. The two events take place on Colorado’s Front Range, in Longmont and Fort Collins.

LongmontThurs. October 16th /// 5pm-Close /// Pay Per Pint
Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids /// 1555 S Hover St.On Thursday, October 16th, Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids (HMLS) in Longmont will pour four different beers made from the Beers Made By Walking program. Breweries represented will be Oskar Blues, Horse & Dragon, Bonfire, and Pateros Creek. Guests can buy these beers by the pint, or they can have them paired with a special farm to table dinner that will accompany the full menu at HMLS. The dinner specials begin at 5pm and beers will be sold until they sell out.
Fort Collins Wed. October 22nd /// 6pm-Close /// Pay Per Pint
The Mayor of Old Town /// 632 S Mason St.

Fort Collins will see a small handful of Beers Made By Walking beers at the famous beer bar, The Mayor of Old Town. We invite our friends in Fort Collins to taste truly local flavors from Horse & Dragon, Pateros Creek, and Oskar Blues. Beers will be poured at The Mayor until they run out.

Oct 6, 2014

BMBW Beer List for Oct. 11 in Portland, OR


Beers Made By Walking - Portland 2014Sat. October 11th /// 12-5pm
Belmont Station /// Cheese Bar /// Horse Brass Pub
Pay per pint


This coming Saturday, Beers Made By Walking and Forest Park Conservancy will celebrate the end of a summer-long series of hikes with brewers by tapping sixteen beers. Each of the beers have been created after the brewers hiked an Oregon trail, gained inspiration from the landscape, and used local plants in their place-based beer.

On October 11th, from 12-5pm, the beers will be available at three of Portland’s famous beer bars: Cheese Bar, Belmont Station, and Horse Brass Pub. Drinkers can visit any of the three pubs in any order from 12-5pm. Pint sales at all three locations will benefit the Forest Park Conservancy. For those interested in a scheduled walk between venues, our friends at Oregon Walks have organized a free walking tour between the three bars.

Check out the list of beers, organized by their tap locations:

BELMONT STATION
Beers at Belmont Station will be available in sample trays, half pints, and pints.

Claim 52 - GruitNoir - Gruit brewed with St. John's Wort, mugwort, juniper, yarrow, lemon balm, chamomile & black pepper, aged on oak that was soaked in 2012 Pinot Noir from a vineyard where we harvested grapes. 6% 0IBU

Coalition - Walk A'brown - American Brown Ale with vanilla leaf, and hazelnuts smoked over Western Red Cedar. 5.75%, 15 IBU

Deschutes - Botanic Ale - A light and crisp beer with rye, wild sage, and meadowsweet inspired by a wildflower hike on the Middle Deschutes River.

Fort George - Spruce Budd Ale - 100% organic beer, brewed with only hand-picked spruce tips and 2-row barley. 5%, 0 IBU

Ground Breaker - Guild's Lake Ale - A light and slightly hoppy ale brewed with blackberries, aged with ginger, and dry-mugged with mugwort. 5.5%, 35 IBU

Laurelwood - Saison de Walkle - Saison with rose hips and elderberries. 5.5%, 12 IBU

Seven Brides - Pseudo tsuga IPA - Light bodied IPA with a piney aroma and resiny flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir needle tea. 5.4%, 60 IBU

Thunder Island - Sour Darkness - Wild Yeast Harvested from Forest Park Old Growth. Dark, smooth and a puckering background that tastes like fall.

CHEESE BAR
Beers at Cheese Bar will be available in half-pint-ish glass size.

Hopworks - Salal Slap -A bracingly sour Berliner Weisse with Salal berries.

Reverend Nat’s - The Elder Berry - Wildcrafted elderberries and western red cedar is hand-harvested are steeped in finished cider from Oregon grown apples with a touch of local raw honey added. 6.8%

HORSE BRASS
Beers at Horse Brass will be available in glass size.

Agrarian - Oxalis Saison - Herbal saison with wild harvested oxalis and spruce tips, yarrow and river sage, and organic triticale. 5%, 0 IBU

Breakside - Just the Tip Spruced Wheat - Easy drinking American wheat ale made with locally foraged blue spruce tips that the brewers collect themselves. 4.5%, 13 IBU

Burnside - Cedar IPA - IPA aged with western red cedar which we think will blend nicely with the citrus and pine notes from this hop combination.

Flat Tail - High Side Botanical Ale - Blonde Ale with Rose hip and rose petal and infused with beets. 5.5%, 20IBU

Sasquatch - Walk in the Park - A well balanced IPA with just a touch of vanilla to compliment the unique flavor and aroma of Oregon Myrtle. 6.8%, 74IBU

Vagabond - The Wanderer - American Brown ale aged on white oak and Maple Syrup inspired by a walk at Peavy Arboretum. 5.5%, 32 IBU